Farm goes beyond green for Christmas trees

Costs vary by type of tree, size and time purchased, but nationally the mean average amount spent on a Christmas tree in 2015 was about $50.

Sycamore Valley Tree Farm originated in the early 1950's.

For the owners it's the annual tradition that's about to begin, but they'll admit they came a long way.

Sugargrove Tree Farm's first day of business was Friday, November 25th, but they're already gearing up for their Trees for Troops event next weekend. Most trees on tree farms are trimmed to an 80% taper.

For the past few years, the Wood family has come to Newby's Evergreen Farms to pick out the ideal Christmas trees.

For the first time, Wolosek Christmas Tree Farm south of Wisconsin Rapids has introduced colored Christmas trees to their property to choose from.

"It's very deceptive out here in the fields".

"The spring cold struck right when trees were coming out of dormancy, and then some younger saplings couldn't take the hot and dry August, even with some irrigation", he said.

There are also Christmas tree stands and wreaths available so why not pop down and have a look around?

"All people have to do is bring their wallet and their person and their eye for a good tree", Dunn said.

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Secondly, it is critical that you maintain a constant supply of water to the tree.

The state's huge Fraser firs got enough moisture during their peak growing season in late spring, according to Bill Glenn of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Families come borrowing a saw or bring their own to cut down their favorite tree. Nora Nelson spent Black Friday morning picking out her Christmas tree, secret in hand.

Philip McPherson says they've been working on this farm since the late 80's.

If you drive through Grays Harbor County on highway 12 regularly, Hockett's Tree Farm is probably the tree farm you're most familiar with.

In addition to maintaining a constant water supply to your tree, consider where you place the tree in your home. Many year around retail merchants will order and sell Christmas Trees during the holiday season. "We haven't had any disease problems or any insect problems", Newby said.

"Anytime your are going to add lights to a tree, you always need to make sure that you check the strands. that there are no frayed wires".

Karl Yunghans, owner of Littleworth Tree Farm in the Petersburg section of Upper Township, has about 300 trees ready to be tagged and sold this season.

It's one of the only live tree farms in the area.